Feb 21, 2013 7:00am EST
in the past. grow up. host: jim is in bay city, michigan. republican. good morning. caller: good morning. i want to talk about this gas prices at four dollars per gallon. we have a president that all he talks about is solar and wind mills and stuff like that. it is ridiculous. we have oil up to our ears hear in this country, and environmentalists are the only thing stopping refineries and anything that makes it all. i wish they would go back to their caves where they belong. host: from "wall street journal," "florida governor supports broader medicaid," saying he wants the state to expand medicaid under the federal health law, taking him the seventh gop governor to back expansion of medicaid, along with michigan governor rick snyder and ohio governor john kasich. mr. scott said that he supports a three-year expansion as long as the federal government agrees to keep its commitment to pay 100% of the cost during this time. he called a compassionate, commonsense step forward. president obama's original 2010 health law called for the us to pay 100% of the cost for three years." that is in "wall
Feb 19, 2013 7:00am EST
these decisions? guest: a lot of states have moved since 2007. a lot of cities have minimum wages that are a lot higher, often because the cost of living is a lot higher. states have acted unilaterally. they have looked at their industries and they have worked to do it to help low-income families. raising the minimum wage is mostly helping low-income families. teens, seniors, and others. host: the states with the lowest minimum wage, alabama, mississippi, tennessee -- they have no minimum wage. wyoming and georgia, $5.15. what do you make of those states? some southern states have no minimum wage. guest: i think the thing to remember is that those tend to be low-cost states to live in. that is probably part of this. they also tend to be states with high unemployment rates. generally, they tend to be more conservative. the politics of this is not easy. republicans have tended to resist minimum wage hikes and democrats have. the policy tends to get a bit complicated. host: what do of economists say that are for increasing the minimum wage? guest: economists say you're raising the minimum wage abou
Feb 13, 2013 7:00am EST
. host: you cannot find a minimum wage job? caller: jobs in my city are very hard to come by unless you know exactly where to look. i have three scholarships. i'm trying to get a job on campus to help pay my debt. jobs are in very high demand. it is difficult. i am trying. hopefully, with the president's new policies, this could be more of an easy process. host: what is the minimum wage in oregon? caller: it was recently raised by our governor to $8.95. i cannot be certain about that. i've only read one article. host: i know there are websites out there that look at the minimum wage across the states. here's the new york times -- different economic arguments for minimum-wage, something that surely will be debated in the days after last night's state of the union address. on twitter -- let's go to brian in maryland, democrat. caller: good morning. president obama's speech was refreshing. as a proud member of the u.s. armed services that served our country more than 20 years, but we are focusing on domestic agendas and trying to invest money right here in the united. united so that was ve
Feb 6, 2013 7:00am EST
to that in the papers this morning. on twitter -- andrew in salt lake city, utah, independent. caller: my thoughts are the same thing. it is unconstitutional. people don't want this. it is a power grab from people in love with their new powers they have found, whether it obama or bush, they both did the same king. so it's not a left or right discussion. obama and bush both did the same thing. there should be a trial to determine guilt or innocence. host: what about the overall program, the proponents saying allows us to it go in with less casualty's and take out people who have already attacked the u.s. are planning to attack the united states? caller: it always comes down to who is deciding whether they are planning it or not. in the new act, they can target americans. they can come up with their own trials and make up their own judge, yes, this guy is guilty, and this guy is in a random country. it does not justify anything. it's not cleaner than war. all. wars-- all these wars are unjustified. i think we got them back after 9/11 with 500,000 iraqis dead. host: independent caller there. now to l
Feb 9, 2013 7:00am EST
of fame. we have a new mayor. south bend being the second- largest city in indiana, it is not doing what it should be doing. we have abandoned buildings. they have stimulus money. they are redoing a bridge for purification, which i do not understand where that money came from. host: addison, front royal, virginia, independent. caller: good morning. thank you for taking my call. you need to get the oil companies under control. they have risen -- raised the price on fuel. oil is $150 per barrel. gas prices are four dollars or more per gallon. they keep raising it up. it is greed. there is enough oil on this planet to last for an eternity. we have been lied to. host: we will leave it there. kevin, marshall, texas, republican line. caller: there is no economic recovery. look at the facts and statistics. it is not there. we have 5 million less jobs now than we did when president obama entered office. i was looking at the percentage of our workforce. .t is -- it topped out at 66% last call or talk about the price of gas. the president's friends and asked her $1 trillion per year. it us dollar.
Feb 28, 2013 7:00am EST
as a prosecutor for the city of seattle. jim in enterprise, alabama. republican line. caller: thank you. i have a couple of questions. number one, on the sequester, how much are your democrats planning on cutting out of the military budget? number two, it seems as though the president has been flip- flopping on this. when it first came out, he said it was devastating, it will kill everything in this country. now he said unless you work on a military base, you probably will not see any difference. which one of these statements is a lie? guest: actually, the president made neither of those statements. he has consistently said it will have a sizable impact that will negatively affect the country and the economy. number two, he has not now said it was only affect the military. his cabinet has been out talking about the variety of impacts it will have a bunch of different places. -- it will have in a bunch of different places. i did not vote for the budget control act, but a lot of democrats did, a lot of republicans did, and the president signed it. they all signed it thinking it would not happen.